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Pendle Fell Races (2nd April 2011)

A trip to deepest Lancashire and the home of the Pendle Witches was the treat in store for those Harriers wanting to add to their point totals in this year’s senior & junior Fell Championships. The junior races had the added attraction of being the first counter in this year’s English Championships, which ensured that the competition would be strong and a showcase for the talent from all over the country. The seniors merely had to contend with the Lancashire Championships, but the rivalry is still fierce nonetheless!

Once again we had a great turnout of 20 juniors and although there was a cool wind blowing, it had lifted the low cloud from the top of Pendle Hill by the time the races started and Spring sunshine was the order of the day. For the U8’s, both Elphina & Soljai Waterman are following in the family tradition and enjoyed their short & sharp race up and down the field. Jimmy Burke has been racing well in both cross country and on the fells since first coming down to Neiley last summer and today was no exception. Fresh from training with his dad on Skiddaw during the week, he put in a great performance to win the U10’s in a time of 5.35 and will be the one to beat this year. Sunnivah Waterman also had a great race, in a field of 69 runners, to finish 8th overall, 3rd GU10 in 6.08.

Those U12’s, U14’s & U16’s who had not been to these races at Pendle before would have found that the courses were at close to the furthest distances possible for each age group, made even more challenging by the fact that they are all out-and-back races, with all the uphill on the out! This didn’t seem to faze the Byram sisters who both ran strongly, with Erica finishing 14th overall, 2nd GU12 in 14.20, just ahead of Lucy, 16th overall, 3rd GU12 in 14.29. For the U14’s, Lewis Byram was clearly not wanting to be upstaged by his sisters and destroyed the opposition, winning by some 14 seconds in a time of 17.47. Seth Waterman, last year’s U12 English Champion and in his first year at U14 level, showed that he is taking the move up in his stride, by finishing 5th overall (4th U12) in 19.22. In a top quality field of 58 runners, Eddie Hinchcliffe also did very well to finish 14th overall in 20.52. Robert Hinchcliffe & Ruby Sykes were our two representatives in the U16’s and both ran well in a very tough race, Robert finishing 22nd in 26.14 and Ruby 27th in 28.16.

For the seniors, a slightly more select group of 6 Harriers joined the field of 339 runners contesting the AS category race, which at 4.5 miles and a climb of 1500 feet is definitely of the short & sharp variety! First back for Holmfirth, 57th overall & 3rd lady was Helen Berry in 38.59, who went home happy clutching her prize of a bottle of wine. Next back, nursing a tweaked hamstring on the fast descent was Phil Hobbs, who finished in 157th place in time of 44.20, just ahead of Lucy Griffiths (recovering from her sprained ankle suffered at the Ian Roberts race), 176th overall in 45.49 and Andrei Vais, 182nd overall in 45.56. Rob Halstead flew down the hill from the trig point in about 12 minutes to finish 209th in 47.44 and kept ahead of daughter Rebecca, who was 296th overall in 54.35

The next race on the both senior & junior calendars is Coiners on Monday 2nd May, hosted by Calder Valley Fell Runners over at Mytholmroyd. Once again, it is an English Junior Championship event and will provide some good competition for all our athletes.
Phil Hobbs




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Welcome to the fell running section. If you have an aversion to tarmac and the prospect of scrambling up steep-sided hills and careering down the other side on paths mainly populated by nimble-footed sheep, come rain, shine or snow sounds like fun, then fell running is for you. Holmfirth Harriers has a long and glorious history of running on the fells. Recent individual achievements include three consecutive wins in the Old County Tops for Tom Brunt and a silver medal in the Yorkshire championships for Helen Berry. On the team front we have had a series of solid performances in the FRA relays and the Ian Hodgson. In the 2009 Calderdale Way Relay the women were 4th and the men equalled their best ever performance with a magnificent 3rd place.



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